Basic Biographical Details

Name: Gavin Paterson
Designation: Architect
Born: 19 September 1866
Died: 2 August 1934
Bio Notes: Gavin Paterson was born at Lochside Cottage, Hamilton on 19 September 1866, the third son of Provost Gavin Paterson of Hamilton and his wife Janet Harvie. The Patersons had a very large calendering business in Glasgow, and at the time of his death in 1889 the older Paterson owned extensive property in Hamilton, sixty-one houses and six commercial properties including the Commercial Hotel.

Paterson and his eight siblings were brought up at Lochside House, Hamilton to which the family moved soon after his birth. He was articled to Clarke & Bell for six years, c.1880-1885 and during that period he studied at Glasgow School of Art and 'The Glasgow College of Science and Arts'. He commenced independent practice at 19 Cadzow Street Hamilton in 1890 and in 1896 married Isabella Simpson Brown. The practice moved to The Cross c.1901 and later back to Cadzow Street, this time to number 6. Paterson's earlier work was in a free Renaissance manner developed from that of the second George Bell of Clarke & Bell. He had a large practice which extended beyond the Hamilton area to Glasgow, but it was not quite as high profile as that of the other leading Hamilton practitioners Alexander Cullen and his partner James Lochhead. It consisted mainly of schools, large buildings for the Hamilton Co-operative Society, and sizeable villas, some of which were in a Scots idiom. He was a specialist in the design of abbatoirs of which he is said to have built a considerable number, but details of these are not yet available. He was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, proposed by John Bennie Wilson and the Glasgow Institute of Architects.

In his lifetime Paterson was equally well-known as a volunteer and as an architect. He joined the 2nd Volunteer Brigade, Scottish Rifles in 1888 and attained the rank of Lt Colonel commanding the 6th (Lanarkshire) Battalion the Cameronians in 1909. He was among the first in Scottish Command to receive the Territorial Decoration after Haldane's reconstitution of the Volunteers and the Yeomanry as the Territorial Force in 1907-08 and was authorised to retain his rank on his retirement in 1912. In 1914 the War Office asked him to raise another battalion, which he did, commanding it until 1917 when he was posted to the War Office where he remained until 1919. His elder son, William Gavin Paterson, served with the Cameronians as a lieutenant in France during the First World War. Paterson was also a JP from at least 1904.

Most of Paterson's post-war work consisted of housing schemes and miners' welfare institutes. In 1929 he employed his youngest son, Lennox Dundas Paterson (born 1902), as an assistant, taking him into partnership the following year as Gavin Paterson & Son. The elder Paterson died at Hamilton on 2 August 1934, his residence being Lochside House which he had inherited from his father before 1911, and was buried in Bent Cemetery. He left moveable estate of 1,206, which is unlikely to have been an indicator of his real wealth and he may have had considerable heritable property. The practice was continued by Lennox Paterson until 1979 when it closed. Lennox Paterson died c.1987. The records of the practice are preserved in Hamilton Public Library.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 619, Cadzow Street, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, ScotlandBusiness1890c. 1901 
Item 2 of 66, Cadzow Street, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, ScotlandBusinessAfter 1901(?)  
Item 3 of 6The Cross, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, ScotlandBusinessc. 1901  
Item 4 of 64, Cadogan Street, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, ScotlandBusiness1906 * Probably a mis-reading for Cadzow Street (in RGI catalogue)
Item 5 of 6Lochside House, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate19071934 
Item 6 of 64, Cadzow Street, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1911After 1931 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2Clarke & Bellc. 18801885Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Gavin Paterson & Son19301934Partner 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 5John Barbour  Assistant 
Item 2 of 5John Galt Mitchell18931897 or 1898Assistant 
Item 3 of 5John Harold HaywardAugust 1921After 1922Assistant 
Item 4 of 5Andrew McGraw19241929Apprentice 
Item 5 of 5Lennox Dundas Paterson19291930Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1John Bennie Wilson20 July 1911for Licentiateship - as President of the Glasgow Institute of Architects

Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 119 Brackenhill Farm  LanarkshireScotlandProposed alterations
Item 2 of 119 Burnbank Co-operative Society, Branch no 2Burnbank LanarkshireScotlandPlan - no date.
Item 3 of 119 Butcher's shop, Main StreetUddingston LanarkshireScotlandAlterations - not dated
Item 4 of 119 Cadzow BuildingsHamilton LanarkshireScotlandNo date - proposed alterations
Item 5 of 119 Camnethan Street SchoolStonehouse LanarkshireScotlandNew buildings and alterations to old buildings
Item 6 of 119 Colvilles Ltd, apprentice training centreMossend LanarkshireScotland 
Item 7 of 119 Cottage, Burnblae StreetHamilton LanarkshireScotlandProposed
Item 8 of 119 Double cottage, High Blantyre RoadHamilton LanarkshireScotlandDate not known - may be by Lennox Paterson
Item 9 of 119 Hamilton Burgh BuildingsHamilton LanarkshireScotlandAlterations - Lennox Paterson may be involved depending on date
Item 10 of 119 Hamilton Parish Council ChambersHamilton LanarkshireScotlandPlans - not dated - perhaps competition drawings
Item 11 of 119 House for Katherine TaylorBothwell LanarkshireScotlandDate not known
Item 12 of 119 House, Portland ParkHamilton LanarkshireScotlandProposed
Item 13 of 119 Houses, Torland GateDalserf LanarkshireScotlandReconditioning of houses - date not known
Item 14 of 119 Plaza CinemaBurnbank LanarkshireScotlandProposed new balcony and technical enclosure - no date
Item 15 of 119 Premises of Archibald FisherHamilton LanarkshireScotlandNo date - proposed alterations for storage and workshop
Item 16 of 119 Premises, 10 Cadzow StreetHamilton LanarkshireScotlandProposed alterations to back premises
Item 17 of 119 Premises, Gateside StreetHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 18 of 119 RaeburnHamilton LanarkshireScotlandProposed alterations
Item 19 of 119 Shop, Cadzow StreetHamilton LanarkshireScotlandPorposed alterations
Item 20 of 119 St John's SchoolHamilton LanarkshireScotlandDate of involvement unknown
Item 21 of 119 Tenements, Butterburn ParkHamilton LanarkshireScotlandProposed
Item 22 of 119 The PrioryHamilton LanarkshireScotlandDate not known
Item 23 of 119 Works of John TainshHamilton LanarkshireScotlandProposed alterations on works - no date
Item 24 of 1191889Academy SchoolHamilton LanarkshireScotlandProposed specifications for alterations
Item 25 of 119After 1890Bellsfield HousePollokshields GlasgowScotland 
Item 26 of 119After 1890Burnbank Parish Church and ManseHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 27 of 119After 1890Fortissat HouseShotts LanarkshireScotland 
Item 28 of 119After 1890Inebriate Reformatory, HairmyresEast Kilbride LanarkshireScotland 
Item 29 of 119After 1890Neilsland HouseHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 30 of 119After 1890Woodend HouseLangside GlasgowScotland 
Item 31 of 1191891Clyde Steel and Engineering WorksHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 32 of 1191892Hamilton Co-operative Society BakeryHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 33 of 1191893Tenements for R & D GibsonBurnbank LanarkshireScotland 
Item 34 of 1191893Watson FountainHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 35 of 1191893Watson FountainKirkintilloch DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 36 of 119c. 1893Tenements, Avon StreetHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 37 of 1191894Pair of tenements, numbers 7-17 Gateside StreetHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 38 of 119After 1894(?)Burnbank Police StationHamilton LanarkshireScotlandCompetition design or alterations?
Item 39 of 1191895Public HouseHamilton LanarkshireScotland'Style of ' (HS)
Item 40 of 1191896Hamilton PoorhouseHamilton LanarkshireScotlandProposed alterations and additions
Item 41 of 1191897Hamilton Central Co-operative Society premisesHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 42 of 1191897Udston House, BurnbankHamilton LanarkshireScotlandAdditions
Item 43 of 1191898Camp Coffee Works  GlasgowScotlandS-storey block in Charlotte Street
Item 44 of 1191898Farm premises, Glebe Street   ScotlandAlterations to premises with stables and stores
Item 45 of 1191898Woodside SchoolHamilton LanarkshireScotlandProposed alterations and additions
Item 46 of 1191899Commercial Bank of Scotland - bank and office premisesHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 47 of 1191899Villa, Miller StreetHamilton LanarkshireScotlandProposed
Item 48 of 1191900Ferniegair SchoolHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 49 of 119c. 1900Double cottage, Miller StreetHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 50 of 119c. 1900Double cottage, South Park RoadHamilton LanarkshireScotlandProposed
Item 51 of 119c. 1900Double Cottage, Woodside AvenueHamilton LanarkshireScotlandProposed
Item 52 of 119c. 1900Double cottages, WoodsideHamilton LanarkshireScotlandProposed
Item 53 of 119c. 1900Hamilton Glebe LandsHamilton LanarkshireScotlandRoad section and feuing plan
Item 54 of 119c. 1900Premises, Larkhall RoadHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 55 of 119c. 1900Tenement, Chapel Street   Scotland 
Item 56 of 119c. 1900Tenements for William McNeillMotherwell LanarkshireScotland 
Item 57 of 119c. 1900Tenements for William McNeillMotherwell LanarkshireScotland 
Item 58 of 119c. 1900Tenements, Low QuarryHamilton LanarkshireScotlandProposed
Item 59 of 119c. 1900Tenements, Miller StreetHamilton LanarkshireScotlandProposed new tenements and alterations to old tenements
Item 60 of 119c. 1900(?)Tenements, Windmillhill Street and Parkhead StreetMotherwell LanarkshireScotland 
Item 61 of 119c. 1900Tenements, WoodsideHamilton LanarkshireScotlandProposed developments to tenements
Item 62 of 119c. 1900Woodside, stableHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 63 of 119c. 1901Double Cottages, Woodside WalkHamilton LanarkshireScotlandProposed
Item 64 of 119c. 1901Licensed premises, Church StreetHamilton LanarkshireScotlandAlterations
Item 65 of 119c. 1901Tenements, EddlewoodHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 66 of 1191902CottageLarkhall LanarkshireScotlandProposed
Item 67 of 1191902Quarter SchoolQuarter, near Hamilton LanarkshireScotlandProposed alterations and additions
Item 68 of 1191902Townhead Street SchoolHamilton LanarkshireScotlandProposed alterations and additions
Item 69 of 1191902Villa, 35 Sherbrooke Avenue  GlasgowScotland 
Item 70 of 119c. 1902(?)Villa, Dalmeny StreetHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 71 of 1191903Cottages on New Street off Miller StreetHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 72 of 1191903Masonic TempleHamilton LanarkshireScotlandPlaced second in competition
Item 73 of 119c. 1903Cottage for Messrs McGirk & CoHamilton LanarkshireScotlandProposed
Item 74 of 1191904Midstone HallHamilton LanarkshireScotlandProposed alterations
Item 75 of 1191904South United Free ChurchHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 76 of 119c. 1904Houses, 13 and 15 Meikle EarnockNr Hamilton LanarkshireScotlandProposed reconditioning, reconstruction and additions
Item 77 of 119c. 1904MayburyBlantyre LanarkshireScotland 
Item 78 of 1191905Auchinraith SchoolBlantyre LanarkshireScotlandProposed alterations and additions
Item 79 of 1191905High Blantyre SchoolHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 80 of 1191906Hamilton HippodromeHamilton LanarkshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 81 of 1191906Hamilton Parish Council ChambersHamilton LanarkshireScotlandCompetition design exhibited
Item 82 of 1191906Houses, Beckford StreetHamilton LanarkshireScotlandAddition ot WCs
Item 83 of 119c. 1906Stonefield TavernBlantyre LanarkshireScotlandProposed alterations
Item 84 of 1191907Property, 8 and 12 Cadzow StreetHamilton LanarkshireScotlandProposed additons
Item 85 of 1191908Commercial InnLarkhall LanarkshireScotlandProposed alterations and additions
Item 86 of 119c. 1908St John's ChurchHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 87 of 1191909House and practice for Dr J LoudenHamilton LanarkshireScotlandProposed house and practice
Item 88 of 1191909LinnburnHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 89 of 1191909Public Slaughterhouse, Tofts near Stonehaven  Scotland 
Item 90 of 1191909School, DykeheadHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 91 of 119c. 1909Burnbank Parish Church and ManseHamilton LanarkshireScotlandProposed alterations and additions
Item 92 of 1191911Grandstand and Ground Scheme, Motherwell Football ClubMotherwell LanarkshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 93 of 119c. 1911(?)Udston House, BurnbankHamilton LanarkshireScotlandAlterations
Item 94 of 1191912Hope Street SchoolHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 95 of 1191913Tenement, Quarry StreetHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 96 of 119c. 1913Hamilton Electricity WorksHamilton LanarkshireScotlandVarious phases of work
Item 97 of 119c. 1913Property, Quarry StreetHamilton LanarkshireScotlandProposed alterations and conversion into saloons, shops, offices and showrooms etc
Item 98 of 1191914Eddlewood FarmHamilton LanarkshireScotlandLayout
Item 99 of 119c. 1914(?)Boghead Farm   Scotland 
Item 100 of 1191916County of Lanark SanatoriumStonehouse LanarkshireScotlandTheatre and x-ray block
Item 101 of 1191919Blantyre Housing SchemeBlantyre LanarkshireScotland 
Item 102 of 1191920sGlasgow-Hamilton RoadBlantyre LanarkshireScotland 
Item 103 of 1191920Clydesdale GarageHamilton LanarkshireScotlandProposed garage and alterations
Item 104 of 119c. 1920Branchelburn, Bent RoadHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 105 of 1191921Hamilton Co-operative Society BakeryHamilton LanarkshireScotlandAdditions?
Item 106 of 1191925Smeaton Welfare Institute  East LothianScotland 
Item 107 of 1191928Hamilton Co-operative Society, Eddlewood BranchMeikle Earnock, Hamilton LanarkshireScotlandProposed conversion of top floor into houses
Item 108 of 1191928Premises for John McLarenHamilton LanarkshireScotlandProposed alteration
Item 109 of 1191930200 houses for Burgh of HamiltonHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 110 of 1191930Bacon factoryHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 111 of 1191930Country houseEaglesham RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 112 of 1191931Public houseHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 113 of 119c. 1931Tenements with WCs, West Stewart StreetBurnbank LanarkshireScotlandMay be the addition of WCs rather than new tenements
Item 114 of 1191932Block of flats for Burgh of HamiltonHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 115 of 1191933Anderson & Blair's premises, Campbell StreetHamilton LanarkshireScotlandProposed alterations
Item 116 of 1191933Premises for T J & W A Dykes, Cadzow BridgeHamilton LanarkshireScotlandAlterations for offices and stores
Item 117 of 1191933Property at 26 Baillies CausewayAirdrie LanarkshireScotland 
Item 118 of 119Before 1934Hamilton AbattoirHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 119 of 1191938Auchinraith Estate, colliery housing siteBlantyre LanarkshireScotlandDraft site plan


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp253
Item 2 of 3RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 3Stothers, Thomas1912Stothers's Glasgow, Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire Xmas and New Year Annual 1911-19121911-1912Hamiltonp97

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Hamilton Advertiser4 August 1934  Death notice
Item 2 of 4Hamilton Advertiser11 August 1934  Obituary
Item 3 of 4RIAS Quarterly193448Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)Obituary
Item 4 of 4RIBA Journal13 October 1934v41London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp1070 - obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Email to DSA websiteInformation courtesy of Linda Van Nunen Sent June 2006 and September 2007
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v20 no1508